The Shock of Modernity.
Criminal Photography From Mexico.
Photographs by Victor and Miguel Casasola. Essay by Jesse Lerner.
Turner / INAH, Madrid, 2006. 135 pp., 144 duotone illustrations, 7¾x10".
AgustÌn VÌctor Casasola and his brother Miguel
were photojournalists until the foreign press corps
arrived to cover the Mexican revolution in 1911,
when they formed an agency that eventually compiled
more than a million images. The Shock of
Modernity collects a careful selection of work from
the Casasolas’ criminological archive, now property
of the Fototeca of the National Institute of
Anthropology and History in Pachuca, Hidalgo.
Collectively these images—which include scenes
of crimes, reconstructions of crimes, and documentation
of evidence and police procedures—offer a
cutaway view of society over the course of the first
half of the twentieth century.
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